Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Can You Cut Material Other Than Concrete?
A: Yes. Although Ohio Concrete Sawing & Drilling specializes in concrete, we can cut through brick, asphalt, steel, wood, refractory brick, and solid granite. Ohio Concrete cannot cut through ground frost. Wire sawing can be used to cut large steel objects such as boilers, chillers, furnaces for removal.
Q: How Far Will You Travel To Do A Job?
A: While most Ohio Concrete jobs are within 100 miles of our offices in Toledo, Cincinnati, Columbus, and Cleveland we will travel as far as necessary to meet our customers’ needs.
Q: Can You Drill A Hole Into A Ceiling Or On An Angle?
A: Yes, Ohio Concrete's drilling rig can be set up to operate upside down and can be adjusted to drill on any angle. It is easiest to drill down, since water is used in our applications and gravity helps keep the water at the proper cutting location.
Q: What Is The Deepest Hole You Can Drill?
A: With Ohio Concrete’s drilling equipment, the depth of a hole is almost unlimited. The deepest hole Ohio Concrete Sawing & Drilling has drilled is 120'! Challenges occur when you have to core through different substrates or materials and remove them without the core falling apart. In some cases, we leave the coring cylinder in place as a sleeve for the hole to maintain integrity.
Q: Do You Have To Use Water When Sawing?
A: No, it is possible to saw without water. However, when sawing dry, dust can be difficult to control. With the recent OSHA Silica requirements, it is Ohio Concrete’s preference to use water where we can to make sure we maintain a safe working environment for your employees and ours as well. Please see the Silica safety page for more information about how this contractors is staying compliant and taking strides to make sure we are safe.
Q: How Thick Of A Wall Can You Saw?
A: Ohio Concrete is able to cut 30" deep, which allows us to cut through a 60" wall. However, if Ohio Concrete Sawing & Drilling has a request for a deeper cut, larger blades are available and would be purchased to handle the job. In addition, to wall sawing with a track saw, a wire saw can be utilized to cut also any thickness. This unique tool has the ability to cut almost anything. Think of that old wire cutting kitchen accessory for cheese.
Q: Can You Saw A Ceiling?
A: Yes, ceiling sawing, as well as sawing at difficult angles, is well within Ohio Concrete Sawing & Drilling's capabilities. This is a messy operation to contend with since slurry (water and concrete) from our cutting operation will need to be collected. We recently acquired hand saws that allow us to cut up to 4-1/2” thick concrete with a HEPA dust collection system so that the cleanliness factor is less of an issue.
Q: How Deep Can You Saw A Floor?
A: Utilizing slab saws and track saws, Ohio Concrete Sawing & Drilling has the ability to cut 30" deep. With the use of wire sawing, plunge cutting has created the ability to even deeper than 30”. Custom fabricated pulleys allow customized depths and techniques to achieve your desired depths.
Q: How Close Can You Cut To An Adjacent Wall?
A: Ohio Concrete is able to cut flush to the wall. The use of a chain saw allows perpendicular cuts to the wall reach full depth.
Q: Do You Have Any Specialized Sawing Applications?
A: Ohio Concrete Sawing & Drilling is able to groove floors to improve traction in slippery areas, grind the surface of slabs to eliminate uneven floor surfaces, and create rumble strips to slow traffic.
Q: Can You Install Bumper Posts?
A: Yes, and we stock all necessary components. In addition to bollards, we can also provide and install guardrails to expand the coverage of bumper post coverage. If you are looking for more attractive options, we source a variety of covers that come in a multiple color options and architectural features. Options for your bumper posts include pipe diameter, wall thickness, bury depth and overall height.
Q: What is Silica and what are the new OSHA requirements?
A. Silica is the dust produced during cutting operations. Dust is minimized by using water at the cutting location. OSHA’s 2017 standards are extensive and should be followed. There is more information regarding this at OSHA’s site and our Silica safety page.